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US prisons hold more than 550,000 people with intellectual disabilities – they face exploitation, harsh treatment

By Jennifer Sarrett, Lecturer, Center for Study of Human Health, Emory University
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Prison life in the U.S. is tough. But when you have an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability – as hundreds of thousands of Americans behind bars do – it can make you especially vulnerable.

In March, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal agency tasked with gathering data on crime and the criminal justice system, published a report that found roughly two…


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